The Ultimate List of Employee Perks & Vendors [2020 Update]

Use these comprehensive lists to develop the perfect perk program that your team will absolutely love.

Last updated 5/26/2020

Companies are now realizing that making an employee feel valued goes beyond delivering a paycheck. Employers that help their employees create a work-life balance, encourage them to learn career skills, and give them flexible schedules, are the ones at the forefront of attracting and retaining top talent.

And a big part of how they do this is through employee perks.

We want you to help your employees reach their full potential. That’s why we’ve curated a massive list of employee perks and perk vendors that any HR and People Ops professional should consider when developing a perks program from scratch. This resource will help you develop your company's perk-stack. 

Here's what you will find:

  1. Best Employee Perks
  2. Best Employee Perk Vendors & Products
  3. How To Choose The Perfect Employee Perk
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1. Best Employee Perks

From ping pong tables to breast milk shipping, we have a long list of employee perks for you. While some of these may be already implemented in your organization, like generous paternity leave and wellness programs, keep an open-mind for some of the crazy ones.

Employees have different preferences, needs, and lifestyles. Do your best to add a different employee perk into your mix. Here is our list:

  • Acupuncture 
  • Baby showers for new parents
  • Bagel and donut days
  • Beer on tap
  • Birthday lunches or gift cards
  • Board-game nights
  • Breast milk shipping
  • Bring-your-kid-to-work day
  • Career coaching services
  • Casual dress
  • Catered meals (breakfast, lunch, or dinner)
  • Cell phone stipends
  • Charitable matching
  • Child care (in-office support or subsidized)
  • Children's holiday party
  • College loan repayment services
  • College scholarships for employee children
  • Cooking classes
  • Corporate-branded swag
  • Corporate library
  • Commuter stipends
  • Company/team outings
  • Company retreats
  • Concierge services
  • Conferences & training
  • Continuous learning stipends
  • Creativity-fuel stipends
  • Daycare and housing discounts
  • Dedicated time for learning
  • Education/tutoring-as-a-benefit for parents
  • Egg freezing and fertility assistance
  • Employee clubs related to hobbies or important initiatives
  • Event or sports tickets and transportation
  • "Experience Bonus"
  • Financial services and banking 
  • Financial wellness stipends
  • Flexible work hours
  • Flexible work locations
  • Free access to local museums
  • Free books
  • Free chair massages
  • Free desktop music
  • Free housing for interns
  • Free on-site massages
  • Four-day work weeks
  • Game rooms
  • Gender-affirming surgeries
  • Generous parental leave
  • Hackathons
  • Happy hours
  • Health & Wellness Stipends
  • Healthy cafeterias
  • Housecleaning services
  • Ice-cream truck
  • Improv classes
  • Laundry services
  • Life coaching
  • Lifestyle spending accounts
  • Lip sync battles
  • Macaroon baking classes
  • Maternity/Paternity classes
  • Mental health wellness
  • Mentorship programs
  • Meditation rooms
  • Mobile spa
  • Money toward adoption
  • Monthly juice cleanses
  • Nap time
  • Oktoberfest festival
  • Online learning classes & courses
  • On-site chefs
  • On-site gym
  • On-site health services
  • Paid-time-off
  • Parent rooms
  • Parking and complimentary cars
  • Performance bonus
  • Personal care on-site
  • Pet-friendly office
  • Pet insurance
  • Ping-pong matches
  • President's bonuses
  • Professional memberships
  • Professional certificates
  • Quarterly cookouts or potlucks
  • Random holidays
  • Recreational clubs (company-sponsored teams)
  • Referral bonuses
  • Relocation assistance
  • Remote work opportunities
  • Remote work stipends
  • Retirement savings plans
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Ski passes
  • Smoothie bars onsite
  • Snack vending machines 
  • Software stipends
  • Special interest clubs
  • Sports sponsorships
  • Spot bonuses
  • Summer Friday's schedule
  • Tax preparation services
  • Tech goodies stipend
  • TGIF events with free food/drinks
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation reimbursement
  • Valet parking
  • Vehicle-maintenance service on-site
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Waffle Wednesday
  • Weekly farmers' market
  • Weekly ice cream pints
  • Wellness programs

Not sure which perk is best for your team?

Instead of picking individual perks, consider taking a new approach. Whether it's a marketplace, discount platform, lifestyle spending account, or debit card approach, our goal is to help you make the best decision for your employees. Use our comparison graphic to make your decision easier.

2. Best Employee Perk Vendors and Products

We understand the hassle of reaching out to individual perk vendors to create a diversified employee perks portfolio. And we've got you covered.

Here you will find a list with trusted perk vendors who will help you bring happiness to your organization:


FOOD PERKS

Beverages

Catered Meals:

Snacks:

Cookies:


CONTINUOUS LEARNING PERKS

Career Development:

Career Coaching:


HEALTH & WELLNESS PERKS

Onsite health amenities:

Wellness Apps:

  • Aaptiv: Audio-based workout guidance
  • Calm: Guided meditations and sleep support
  • Welltok: Set custom wellness goals and play mind-stimulating games
  • Endomondo: Connect with health-conscious friends for motivation
  • Hotseat: Helps get employees away from their desk and take a break
  • Elevate: Cognitive training app
  • Meditation Studio: Guided meditations featuring meditation experts
  • Power Nap App: Gives employees mental rejuvenation to feel fresh

Wellness Coaching:

  • Conscioux: Results-based wellness coaching focused on sleep and nutrition
  • American Happiness: Mindset coaching with an emphasis on the neuroscience
  • Wishroute: Text message-based accountability service to build healthy eating and exercise habits

Fertility:


CONVENIENCE/AMENITIES PERKS:


STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT

  • Goodly: Helps employer contributions improve financial wellness
  • Gradifi: Student loan refinancing at competitive rates
  • Tuition.io: Helps companies pay employees' student loan debt
  • CommonBond: Offers education and student loan contribution programs
  • BenefitEd: Helps employees reach their financial goals
  • SoFi: Online personal finance company that provides student loan refinancing, mortgages, and personal loans.
  • Credible: Student loan refinancing tool which allows you to compare prequalified rates from 10 vetted lenders.
  • Future Fuel: Simplify management of your loans 


FINANCIAL EDUCATION

  • LearnLux: Financial planning education 
  • Edukate: Financial wellness benefits platform


PARENTS PERKS

  • Care.com: Hire caregivers and babysitters
  • UrbanSitter: Childcare
  • OviaHealth: Maternity and family benefit solutions for employers and health plans
  • Milk Stork: Ship breastmilk from anywhere in the US to your home

Education-as-a-benefit for parents

  • Everydae: Digital tutor for high school students. Education-as-a-benefit for parents of teens.
  • TutorMe: On-demand tutor for students. 


PET OWNERS

  • Rover: Dog boarding, sitting and walking service
  • Wag: Dog walking services
  • Bivvy: Pet insurance


PRODUCTIVITY PERKS

  • Grammarly: Editing software for everything you write
  • Todoist: To-do list and planner app
  • CamScanner: Turns your phone's camera into a portable scanner
  • Buffer: Social media management platform
  • Trello: Digital bulletin board
  • Slack: Useful group messaging and coordination tool
  • Asana: Keeps track of your team's project management and communication
  • Tide: Timer app that mimic the popular "Pomodoro Technique"
  • Evernote: Cross-platform note-taking service
  • Pocket: Great read-it-later offline reading tool


SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS PERKS

  • Bundle Select: Offer companies and employees a customized online platform to bundle all of their real estate services
  • Optikal Care:  Recurring discount on contact lens subscription box


REMOTE EMPLOYEE PERKS

  • Croissant: Visit 700+ global workspaces with one membership 
  • Compt: Create one perk stipend that provides millions of perk options (regardless of location)


PERK SOFTWARE

Are we missing something? 

Do you know of a perk company that's missing from the list above? Click the button below to let us know and we'll add them to the list! Let us know.

Want more from your employee perks program?

Download our free Perks Performance Analysis tool to help get an understanding of the success of your perks program and areas for improvement.

3. Feeling overwhelmed?

Choosing an employee perk and vendor can be a difficult task. Especially when there are endless options and you want to deliver the best possible one to your employees. But because employees are different from each other, there is no one "perfect and cool" perk that will make everyone happy.

We want to help you make the right decision so we've compiled a list of resources to help you choose the best perks:

Below are three of our top perks you can give your employees to make them love coming into work everyday:

  1. Flexibility: Who doesn't like having the flexibility to work in their optimal environment? Trust your employees by giving them the flexibility to choose their work location and hours, and they'll feel more motivated and eager to work.
  2. Wellness Initiatives: Our bodies are temples, so we should treat them that way! It's a good feeling to know your workplace cares about your health. Through these initiatives we can become mindful and more productive. 
  3. Lifestyle Spending Accounts: We've saved the best for last. These programs give the power and freedom to the employee to choose what s/he is best. Read more about Lifestyle Spending Accounts. 

Some companies are aware that their employees are all different and their perks should be too. These organizations are now adopting Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSAs). With LSAs, employees are given an employer-contributed account for them to purchase whatever perks are best for them and their needs.

Download our 22-page ebook on Lifestyle Spending Accounts to take your perk strategy to the next level.

Getting overwhelmed by all these options for perks? 

If your perks aren’t serving you and your team, it could be time for an update. Receive a FREE strategy call with one of our perks specialists to review your program and see where your opportunity awaits.